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2006 Spring Gobbler Season Harvest Data

The 2006 spring wild turkey hunting season ran from Saturday, April 15 (Youth Turkey Hunting Day) through Friday, May 26 with a total harvest of 3,524 male wild turkeys. While this harvest is not a record (the highest harvest was 3,779 turkeys taken in 2002), it is the third-highest harvest in New Jersey since the first season in 1981.

An increase of 8.0% over the 2005 harvest was measured and this correlates with turkey productivity in 2005 being higher than in 2004. The harvest data, which is currently being processed, should demonstrate that two-year-old birds made up a substantial percentage of the harvest as compared to 2005 and 2004.

Turkey hunting areas in north-central parts of the state were more affected by poor productivity conditions during the past few years and most of these areas showed slight decreases in harvest. Most turkey hunting areas in southern New Jersey, however, showed marked increases in harvest, probably due to better productivity in those areas.

See the Wild Turkey in New Jersey page for more information.

2006 Spring Gobbler Season Harvest

THA 2006 Harvest 2005 Harvest
1 100 87
2 198 110
3 37 33
4 164 132
5 193 206
6 121 117
7 111 105
8 221 247
9 173 164
10 71 75
11 185 204
12 80 105
14 141 118
15 258 228
16 160 123
20 714 600
21 436 465
22 161 145
TOTAL 3,524 3,264
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